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Why You Should Change Your Timing Belt

It’s important to have your timing belt looked at when your car has gone about 100,000 miles. This  is a good rule of thumb but always consult  each manufacturer for the the mileage interval that they recommend.

Plain & simple, don’t take the chance of your timing belt breaking or “jumping” a tooth.  Although many engines are considered “non interference”,  meaning that if the belt breaks the valves will not come in to contact or interfere with the pistons, causing engine damage. Even if they are non interference, if the engine is revving high enough the valves could “float” and still come in to contact with the pistons.

The other problem that may arise would be if the belt did not completely break but “jumps” a tooth or two. This will cause the valve timing to be off and can be a very difficult problem to diagnose. It can cause a host of issues including poor fuel economy, drivability concerns and engine lights. 

When replacing the belt be sure to check the water pump and idler pulleys and tensioner. It would not be good to have to redo a job six months later because a pump started leaking or a pulley started making noise.  Or even worse, the belt breaks due to a seized pulley. Yes, this  does happen.

In summary, it is not much fun to have an expense on your car that gives you nothing tangible in return. On the other hand, you can plan and budget for the cost of your timing belt . An engine replacement is never a planned expense.

John Simone (Owner / Master Mechanic)

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I guess that was pretty easy.

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So one day I get a frantic call from my wife who is stuck on a hill and everytime she takes her foot from the brake the car rolls back and will not go forward. After a few tense minutes and a great Tyngs police officer she was safe and parked. I arrived and the car would not shift to drive. Call a tow truck and off the J&R it goes. Before he even had a chance to look at it, it seemed the obvious was a transmission close to the tune of 5000.00. John was having none of it. He dropped the pan and found a factory stainless line (forward) disconnected from the transmission. 300.00 later and on the road she was again. Moral of the story? How many mechanics and or trans shops would have passed on honesty for money?? Quite a few my past experiences would prove, not John he is my type of mechanic in the sense of it is what it is and he explains that! If your looking for superior work, and superior ethics J&R Auto should be our mechanic!!!! Andrew And Jill Labonte

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